Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Too salty? :)

Those of one who think that humor that borders on the not-quite-clean-enough-to-explain-to-the-kids is inappropriate for public dissemination might want to skip this one and keep your kids away from the screen.



When I was in my twenties, I had a co-worker who was probably then about the same age that I am now (59). One day, she told of having seen a guy whose pants were (and I quote) "so tight, he looked like he had a six-piece set."

I was reminded of that line when I realized how something I'd said to Steg and Drew at the blogger picnic must have sounded. Complaining that it was insulting that the rabbis thought women had so little seichel (common sense) that we couldn't figure out what clothing was modest unless it was measured in centimeters, I said, "You stand in front of a mirror, you bend over, and, if you see anything interesting, it's not tzanua [modest]. What's so hard about that?" I must be getting as salty-tongued as my former co-worker in my nearly-old-age. Let's hear it for Mae West, one of the all-time experts in the use of clean language to say something "interesting."


Blogger rivkayael said...

Among the several times where I curse the tzinuis police is when my (long, loose) skirts start doing the Marilyn Monroe thing. In Washington Heights. In the subway, in front of a lot of kippah clad people late for class.

Jeans would never do that. Idiots.

Tue Sep 16, 10:44:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Agreed. There's something to be said for the South Asian Muslim custom of women wearing pants with a knee-length tunic.

Tue Sep 16, 11:35:00 AM 2008  

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